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[per-swey-zhuh n] /pərˈsweɪ ʒən/
the act of persuading or seeking to persuade.
the power of persuading; persuasive force.
the state or fact of being persuaded or convinced.
a deep conviction or belief.
a form or system of belief, especially religious belief:
the Quaker persuasion.
a sect, group, or faction holding or advocating a particular belief, idea, ideology, etc.:
Several of the people present are of the socialist persuasion.
Facetious. kind or sort.
Origin of persuasion
late Middle English
1350-1400; late Middle English < Latin persuāsiōn- (stem of persuāsiō; see per-, suasion); replacing Middle English persuacioun < Middle French persuacion < Latin, as above
Related forms
prepersuasion, noun
self-persuasion, noun
1. See advice. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The mode in which a man is made subservient, is by inducement and persuasion.

    Thoughts on Man William Godwin
  • "There's only one form of persuasion to use with an hombre," commented Henderson, gently.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • At the hearing on this complaint, Harris denied that he had ever contributed a dollar to Joe at the latter's persuasion.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
  • This was good advice, and Fanny needed no persuasion to induce her to follow it.

    Hope and Have Oliver Optic
  • I had a persuasion, illogical but invincible, that I was still entitled to all the respect due to a man of unblemished honor.

    The Passionate Friends Herbert George Wells
British Dictionary definitions for persuasion


the act of persuading or of trying to persuade
the power to persuade
the state of being persuaded; strong belief
an established creed or belief, esp a religious one
a sect, party, or faction
Word Origin
C14: from Latin persuāsiō; see persuade
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Word Origin and History for persuasion

late 14c., "action of inducing (someone) to believe (something); argument to persuade, inducement," from Old French persuasion (14c.) and directly from Latin persuasionem (nominative persuasio) "a convincing, persuading," noun of action from past participle stem of persuadere "persuade, convince," from per- "thoroughly, strongly" (see per) + suadere "to urge, persuade," from PIE *swad- "sweet, pleasant" (see sweet (adj.)). Meaning "religious belief, creed" is from 1620s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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